Philippine troops evict Muslim rebel raiders from village

The attackers apparently were withdrawing, Padilla said. "They've withdrawn from the area, they're no longer there". Padilla, however, said an investigation was underway to determine whether five civilians had been taken away by the militants.

US Shoots Down Iranian-Made Drone in Syria That

US Shoots Down Iranian-Made Drone in Syria That "Displayed Hostile Intent"

United States forces said the drone was sacked on after it " displayed hostile intent and advanced on coalition forces ", U.S. forces said in a statement . The dispute over the Syrian attack on the US -backed fighters and the American response came as Iran launched ballistic missiles at Islamic State strongholds in eastern Syria in retaliation for a pair of attacks by extremists in Tehran earlier this month that killed 17 people.

Virginia man charged with giving secret documents to China

Virginia man charged with giving secret documents to China

But Mallory told the FBI he believed the person and his boss, whom Mallory also met, might be Chinese intelligence agents, the complaint said, and he showed the bureau a communications device the person had given him. The BBC reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has confirmed that Mallory was entrusted with high-level clearance when working for the U.S.

North Korea tests rocket engine

Earlier on Thursday, North Korea called Trump a "psychopath" as tensions escalated following the death of American student Otto Warmbier , who was evacuated in a coma from North Korean detention last week. In his words, one of the top demands of the regime of Kim Jong-un would be to halt the joint military drills between the United States and South Korea, which Pyongyang denounced as a rehearsal for invasion.

Loan waivers have become a fashion, Venkaiah Naidu says

Loan waivers have become a fashion, Venkaiah Naidu says

Mr Naidu said farmers need to get a good remunerative price for their produce and care should also be taken of those in distress. "My statement was in a context that the political parties instead of addressing long term issues and bringing in structural policy changes are adopting short term methods which have become the fashion..." On Wednesday, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had urged PM Modi to waive off farm loans taken from commercial and nationalised banks.

Blumenthal, Murphy Awaiting Senate Health Care Bill

Speaking from the Senate floor about the GOP health care draft bill, released on Thursday, Sen. A vote would occur next week after budget analysts assess the package. The budget office said the House bill would cause 23 million to lose coverage by 2026. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., who faces a competitive re-election race in 2018, says he has "serious concerns about the bill's impact on the Nevadans who depend on Medicaid ".